September 29, 2004

Up Armour and life in a combat zone

I wanted to take this moment and tell you all a little bit about what my unit and the Army has been doing to protect us. I realized that this may be something you all don't hear about quite as much in the civilian world as we do in the military. Anyway, when we first got here, all of our vehicles were soft, that is to say, no armor of any kind and the doors were canvas. We also didn't have any gun trucks to mount our big guns on. Well, when we got to Iraq the first thing we did was start armouring our doors to provide us with some form of resistance against attacks. At first this was a temporary fix, using improvised items (Still very effective none the less), but we then started transitioning to the Army Issued Armour kits, which include doors, windows and side plating to give us the best possible defense against bad things that happen on the roads. We also recieved several gun trucks. That is just one example, there are many other things that have been revised, reworked, or redone to make us, the US forces out here, safer.
Being a student of History, I have read a good many books on the wars our country has been involved in, and I have read several first account stories of troops in WWII, and I am amazed at the struggle and the hardship that they had to face. It is amazing to see the progress that has been made and the way today's soldier has it soooooo much better off. I can not imagine having to run around with ALL of my gear on my back, living in a foxhole, or lying on the cold wet ground. I feel very lucky to be sitting in an office, relativly comfortable! Oh the things we take for granted these days. Just sit sometime and think about what life would be like with no TV, no Cells, no fast food, no cars. I for one don't ever want to think about life without my little baby car LOL:)
Oh, and for those who were curious, the Oakleys were mine, bought and paid for:) Our unit issues out the Wiley X's which make for wonderful goggles, but not so practical sunglasses:)

6 comments:

Maquisard said...

For some strange reason, of all the Iraq blogs I read, most of them are women. Only just realised that, but then I'm kinda slow at the best of times ....

I wonder if you fully realise the impact women and men like you have on ordinary joes and joans like myself, who have little idea of the military and even less on what it is to be in a place such as Iraq? The immediacy of your collective writings is astonishing; also is the realisation that - GOD FORBID - any one of them could be the last. The same is true for us all, of course, but more so for you guys.

You say you are a student of history. If its not too much trouble, could you devote one of your upcoming entrys to this subject and your thoughts on it? Cheers. Oh by the way tried to access your photos but they did not display - any idea why? Cheers.

Garrison Steelle said...

After reading this morning's news, we are all so very glad you have that armour. If anything, we wish you had more.

Yes, there have been a lot of improvements since WWII, but some things never change. There's still an enemy. They still want you gone.

Keep your head down, Sarge.

-G

Anonymous said...

Hi Lizzie. I'm a plain ole person, a civil engineer in Jackson Mississippi. I stumbled upon your page via an email on military blogs that was sent to me from a John Kerry e-group i belong to. How wonderful that I can read your notes and thoughts directly from the field! So many of us back home are angry tired and confused abou this war. I'm a 36 yr old female and can seem to find no clear information about what's going on or why we're pursuing this course instead of another. Anyway, politics aside, good luck to you - I'll be thinking about you and praying for you and hoping for your safe return to the joys of perfume, eye liner, and adorable red pointy-toed strappy spikes!

Anonymous said...

and PS, girl, NO GIRL thinks too much for her own good... KEEP ON thinking, honey! That's what keeps the women of our country safe from those who would put us in cloaks and veils and keep us imprisoned in our own houses...

Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files said...

Anonymous, when you said this:

"That's what keeps the women of our country safe from those who would put us in cloaks and veils and keep us imprisoned in our own houses"

...I think you kind of answered your own question as to why we're over there. It may not seem like a necessary thing, but it's one major battle in a larger war against people who DO want you in cloaks and veils and prisoners of your own houses.

Simran said...

Please let's not make this into a place where we are debating each other comments like on CBFTW's blog. Anyway, Liz, keep your chin up and your head down. I've been reading your blog for weeks now and really enjoy the details on day to day life. Hang in there and keep blogging. You are awesome! My little brother is in Ramadi. It's hard. If you email me your address. I'll send you cookies the next time I send a batch out. Take care!